Founding Fathers Follow –up

I had a meeting with my publisher this weekend about my upcoming book. We made some decisions. There is some basic editing and a few major changes that have to be made. The working title is “A Patriot Imprisoned”. It’s about my unjust indictment, what happened, my incarceration, and my exoneration by the civil courts (3 of them).

The book gives interesting methods I used to come to terms with and accept my ordeal, and the way my wife handled things.

My publisher has a way for you to benefit from all of the promotion & publicity of my book that will happen when my book is launched. If that is something you might want more information about at some point, please let me know!

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Philadelphia—Independence not Cheese

It’s absolutely a fact that the Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson, in Philadelphia. Jefferson was a member of the committee assigned by the Continental Congress to create such a document if one should be needed. The committee was made up of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman. They chose Jefferson to write the draft for their review and approval. He did. At the Graff House. The committee approved it with only minor changes.

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Winter with the Founding Fathers

In the Revolutionary War the battles generally stopped in the winter months. That was mostly because of the cold and wet weather. George Washington didn’t consider that in his quest to cross the Delaware River and attack the British forces with the Hessian soldiers who were camped at Trenton, New Jersey. The main British army had stopped for rest, dining and dancing somewhat earlier.

You remember the victory of Trenton and Princeton. They were won when armies were usually resting and waiting for fighting weather.

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The Founding Fathers and Prudence

Carefulness, caution, and good sense. That’s what they meant by prudence. That’s kind of like what Benjamin Franklin defined as “Moderation” in his Project for Moral Perfection. He defined moderation as “Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.” Moderation should be used in all your decisions and actions. Use reason and common sense to solve most problems.

Most of the Founding Fathers seemed to think along these same lines. Use common sense, which is not so common any longer.

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Benjamin Franklin and Pride

Franklin had his own “Project for Moral Perfection.” He strived to become as perfect in a dozen different personal character traits as he could be. He made a list and worked on it his whole life. After a short while one of his friends told Ben he should add another trait to his list. That of humility. And the friend proved the need for improvement in that area by citing several examples.

At least one prophet has suggested that Pride is the sin of this generation. We must all be careful to watch ourselves, and our words and deeds. Pride can be corrosive to character.

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The U. S. Constitution

In this Easter season I’ve been posting about the Illegal Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It all began because all Hebrew authority was concentrated in their Great Sanhedrin (they were allowed to govern themselves as a ‘client state’ of Rome). There were no checks and balances. Christ was found guilty of blasphemy.

There was no death penalty allowed to be carried out by the Sanhedrin without the express approval of the Roman representative. Hence, the Chief Priests took their guilty subject to Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea as representative of Caesar. They wanted approval of their death penalty crime. It was granted.

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Christ the Lord is risen today,

Sons of Men and angels say,
Raise your joys and triumphs high,
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth reply,

Love’s Redeeming work is done,
Fought the fight, the vict’ry won,
Jesus’ agony is o’er,
Darkness veils the earth no more,

Lives again our glorious King,
Where, O death, is now thy sting?
Once he died our souls to save,
Where thy victory, O grave?


Charles and John Wesley, 1707-1788

The Day Before The Resurrection

After Jesus Christ was crucified, his body lay in the tomb of an admirer, who had been a member of the Great Sanhedrin. That political and religious body who had put him on trial and turned him over to the Roman Procurator, Pontius Pilate. Members of that group then asked that a guard be placed at the tomb, because Christ had told them he would rise from the dead.

No one had ever been resurrected. Christ raised Lazurus from an apparent death, but he was not resurrected. Resurrection happens when a person dies, his spirit leaves his body, and then the body of flesh and bones, and its spirit are rejoined, with the body never more to be subject to death.

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The Easter Weekend

It seems unusual and even shocking that when Pontius Pilate sent Christ down for the scourging that didn’t satisfy the crowd’s desire for his crucifixion. Pilate found no fault in Him after all, and hoped against hope that this would satisfy them. It didn’t.

When Jesus came forth wearing the crown of thorns, with blood dripping from his body from the whipping, Pilate presented him from the balcony to the crowd and said “Behold the Man.” This announcement had real meaning for Pilate as these same words would be pronounced by the Roman Emperor at the Olympic games when a gladiator had won 10 matches and was therefore granted his freedom. Christ was to have been freed. But Pilate was caught by his previous actions against the Jews.

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Good Friday Comes

Jesus Christ developed a large following during his short three year ministry. Yes, he even had followers among members of the Sanhedrin. Just a few. Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea, and possibly a few others.

However, believing Christ’s teachings caused a serious conflict among the members of this Jewish Governing Body.

“ . . . among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him [Jesus], lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of man more than the praise of God.” (John 12: 42-43).

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